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July 30, 2002
DH 02 TK047
Contact: Thomas Knox
(310) 243-3367





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

California State University, Dominguez Hills, Receives Federal Grant
To Prepare Teachers of Students with Disabilities



Carson, CA - The California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) School of Education has been awarded a $799,970 federal grant to recruit and prepare teachers of students with disabilities. Coming from the U.S. Department of Education, these funds will enable 50 uncredentialed teachers in Local Districts I and J of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) to receive full tuition, fees, and books for a two-semester, one-summer credential program. This program offers candidates a preliminary teaching credential in special education and courses leading to a master's degree. Training will be held in the District's Professional Development Centers.

CSUDH Professor of Special Education Doris Okada directs this project that serves teachers who work in mild to moderate disabilities and says the federal grant provides much needed support for the school district. "We are especially happy with this grant because it enables us to advance our mission of preparing teachers who serve students with learning disabilities, emotional disturbances, and mild to moderate retardation."

Dr. Okada also directs a comparable federally funded program in Local Districts G and K of the LAUSD.

Please call (310) 243-3029 for more information on this program.

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